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Canine Assist
Canine Assist

Canine Assist

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Introduction: I'm a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over 21 years of dog training experience, with both pet dogs and working dogs. For pet dogs I charge $100/hour for lessons and $900/week for board and trains. My service dog clients pay $12,000-15,000 over time, which is about one third the going rate for professionally trained service dogs. Service dog training is a longterm project and there are many different training and payment options. I'm professional, reliable and resourceful. I try to remain flexible in my programs. I don't have a storefront or expensive overhead to support, and I go to my clients or bring their dogs to my facility. I am happy to train your dog while you're at work during the day. My board and trains include pick up and delivery, as well as a lesson to show the owners the new skills their dog has and how to reinforce them. I have years of experience training pet dogs, service dogs, search and rescue dogs and detection dogs for government agencies. I can work with dogs of any breed or size, using techniques from food reward to remote collars.

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Serves Monrovia, MD

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9 years in business

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Kimberly D.

Dog Training

Jennifer made significant progress with our 7-month-old standard poodle. We got our poodle at 9-weeks of age, having read up on training protocol and thinking it would be hard but do-able. We also worked with a positive reinforcement trainer from the first days at home. Despite all of that, Mr. Dog was a major handful. He was very reactive to other dogs (thanks quarantine), awful on the leash, had terrible recall, and as he got older he started nipping at things in our hands. And although he never bit, he liked to remind us that he had teeth. He was often unresponsive to redirection except in specific circumstances. I was fed up so I did a bunch of digging around into board and train options and found Jennifer. I particularly liked Jennifer's approach of starting with positive reinforcement but bringing in other training modalities, as needed. I also liked her broad experience training dogs for all sorts of settings and purposes. Mr. Dog has been home for a little over two weeks now. I can now walk him with relative ease because of the lead Jennifer recommended. His recall is significantly better and he is now a gold star doggy-greeter on our walks. He also knows "kennel" and actually responds to it. He needs further work because he's young but we now have a solid foundation to work from, and hopefully not mess up. We'll be sending him to Jennifer for further training when he's older and are finally looking forward to the adult dog he will become.
Sep 7, 2020
Michael W.

Dog Training

Great trainer, deep knowledge, and works with you to achieve your goals. Working with my daughter who has a terrible disability, and is really helping her complete the training of her service dog. Very happy.
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Thank you Michael. I hope Gideon is doing well in college! Jen
Aug 9, 2020
Sharon P.

Canine Assist was the BEST choice I could have made for a dog trainer and especially one that trains service dogs. Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable and speaks fluent dog, so she gets amazing results. All her training is positive reinforcement and all her dogs are happy and content. It's amazing what she has accomplished with our puppy in the short amount of time she's worked with him! Every penny we spent for training has been worth 100 times more because of the results we have gotten. If you want your dog/puppy trained, and trained right, with positive reinforcement, Canine Assist is the only place to go! I could go on and on about this place because of the fantastic results we have gotten, but I'll step off my soapbox here. Thank you Canine Assist!!
Sep 9, 2020
Olivia S.

Jen has trained two of my service dogs. She is amazing. My first dog Icon, was struggling with things like retrieving a phone. Jen got Icon to retrieve in no time. She built his confidence and helped me immensely as an owner trainer. Jen did so wonderful with the my first service dog, that when he retired, I went back to Jen in search of a new service dog prospect. Jen found me the perfect puppy for my needs and he is in training with her now. I couldn’t be happier with Jen. She is professional and knows what she is doing. She has experience and works great with people who have disabilities and are in need of service dogs.
Sep 9, 2020
Angela J.

Dog Training

Jenn was very professional and had a wealth of knowledge. She came by for a visit and clearly knew what she was doing. I would highly recommend her.
Sep 2, 2020
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Jennifer Prentiss


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Pet dogs and service dogs are priced differently. For pet dogs I charge $100/lesson and $900/week for board and trains. The average length of a board and train is two weeks. This includes pick up and drop off, along with a lesson at drop off. Service dog training is a longer process that includes (often) finding the right dog, obedience, public access training, service dog tasks and education regarding service dog laws. From beginning to end my service dog clients pay $12,000-14,000 over time, depending on the complexity of the tasks the dog needs to learn. I have different payment options for this. I also have a program where I help an owner self train their service dog when they are able. I meet with the client every few weeks to guide the training process, evaluate and solve any training issues.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Generally we have a phone call to discuss what the dog needs to work on and how I can help. We discuss methods the client would like to use and any health issues the dog has. We then schedule the best times available.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    In order to maintain my CPDT-KA certification I have to do 30 hours of continuing education in a three year period. I love to learn new techniques. I also have a biology degree from the University of Virginia and experience working as a veterinary technician. I have apprenticed with wonderful trainers and serve as a mentor for others.

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